How your Council Tax and Business Rates are spent

This is part of the statutory billing information we must provide in accordance with Council Tax and non-domestic rating regulations.

Your Council Tax helps to fund our work in improving outcomes for the people of North Lincolnshire. Council Tax covers just under half the cost of providing services.

Business Rates, Government grants and service charges fund the rest.

We set the Council Tax once a year and bills are issued every March.

We want our area to be the #BestPlace for our residents.

We have three priorities to realise this ambition. These are included in our Council Plan.

We also want to be the #BestCouncil that we can be for our residents and we want everyone to be safe, well, prosperous and connected.

By engaging with you better and working together we can realise this ambition.

Our priorities

Why it is important

  • To achieve a more prosperous North Lincolnshire
  • To help us to invest further in communities
  • To create jobs and opportunities for everyone

Taking action – we will:

  • Market North Lincolnshire as a place to live, work, visit and invest
  • Lead partnership working with businesses
  • Invest in town centres including securing funding from government
  • Provide space for businesses and population to grow through new commercial and housing developments
  • Strive for higher education standards and skills
  • Host key events to celebrate the best of what North Lincolnshire has to offer

Why it is important

  • The safety and wellbeing of residents is our primary purpose
  • To achieve a better quality of life for residents
  • So people can live well for longer

Taking action – we will:

  • Continue to work hard to keep people safe
  • Lead partnership working across North Lincolnshire to promote wellbeing and improve health outcomes for everyone
  • Prioritise the most vulnerable
  • Provide cleaner and greener space for people to enjoy and use

Why it is important

  • To achieve communities that are better connected
  • Strong communities create neighbourhoods where people are proud to live, get on well together and support each other
  • So people experience improved wellbeing

Taking action – we will:

  • Design services that enable you to have more choice and control in how you interact with us
  • Enable our communities to become more involved in community life
  • Engage in new conversations about the things that matter most to you
  • Invest through our capital programme to improve community facilities

Success in the three main priority areas would not be possible without an effective and efficient core. Costs of running the business include investment in operational facilities and community infrastructure; professional services such as Finance and IT; and support for the democratic process.

The graphic below shows how your Council Tax contributes to delivering the outcomes we wants for local people. This includes services which are required by law, such as social care, and others which provide a real public benefit, like leisure. The analysis shows how much of a Band A Council Tax charge is spent in each area.

How we spend your Council Tax pictorial explanation
  • Safe adults £270
  • Safe children £105
  • Good health and wellbeing £59
  • Cleaner, greener and safer spaces and environments £98
  • Vibrant leisure and culture £20
  • Safe places and safe communities £5
  • Thriving communities £5
  • Quality housing £4
  • Excellent education £27
  • Accessible transport £49
  • Safer roads, better roads and rail £27
  • Members and leadership £22
  • Professional advice £71
  • Maintaining assets £37
  • Customer access £8
  • Corporate £30
  • Pensions, insurance and levies £54
  • Financing £81

How we will spend our budget in 2019/20

Our revenue investment of £143.2m is for the cost of running services. It will deliver the priorities shown below (figures in £M).

Revenue investment 2019-20 pie chart
  • Keeping people safe and well £62.5m
  • Enabling communities to flourish £25m
  • Growing the economy £8.2m
  • Running the business (organisation) £19.7m
  • Running the business (technical) £23m
  • Inflationary provisions £4.6m

Our capital investment of £99.5m is for buildings and infrastructure. It will deliver the priorities shown below (all figures in £M).

Capital investment 2019-20 pie chart
  • Enabling communities to flourish £6.5m
  • Growing the economy £29.4m
  • Organisational enablers £2.9m
  • Schemes in development for business case confirmation or re-prioritisation £15m
  • Keeping people safe and well £0.7m

The revenue budget provides for increases in our Cost Base to meet growing need and rising costs. It has offset these extra costs as far as possible by service redesign and demand management. This means it has been able to set a balanced budget with spending matched to the available funding.

Increases to the Cost Base 2019-20 pie chart

Increases to the cost base (£14.2m)

  • Contract inflation 17 per cent
  • Pay inflation 33 per cent
  • Activity pressures 22 per cent
  • Cost base adjustment 13 per cent
  • Change in local policy 9 per cent
  • Capital financing 6 per cent
Cost reductions and efficiencies 2019-20 pie chart

Cost reductions and efficiencies (£8.7m)

  • Efficient and productive council 16 per cent
  • Services designed around people 39 per cent
  • Alternative delivery models 5 per cent
  • Managing need well 32 per cent
  • Being commercial 8 per cent

Budget 2018/19 £137.7m
Inflation adjustment £7.0m
Other increases to the Cost Base £7.2m
Cost reductions and efficiencies -£8.7m
Budget 2019/20 £143.2m

The council approved a revenue investment budget by priority area, which can be seen below.

  • Keeping people safe and well
    • 2018/19 budget £60.3m
    • 2019/20 gross spending £83.1m
    • 2019/20 income £20.6m
    • 2019/20 budget £62.5m
  • Enabling communities to flourish
    • 2018/19 budget £25m
    • 2019/20 gross spending £46.6m
    • 2019/20 income £21.6m
    • 2019/20 budget £25.0m
  • Growing the economy
    • 2018/19 budget £8.9m
    • 2019/20 gross spending £26.6m
    • 2019/20 income £18.4m
    • 2019/20 budget £8.2m
  • Running the business (organisation)
    • 2018/19 budget £20.3m
    • 2019/20 gross spending £87.7m
    • 2019/20 income £68.0m
    • 2019/20 budget £19.7m
  • Running the business (technical)
    • 2018/19 budget £23.2m
    • 2019/20 gross spending £27.8m
    • 2019/20 income £4.8m
    • 2019/20 budget £23.1m
  • Inflationary provisions
    • 2018/19 budget £0.0m
    • 2019/20 gross spending £4.6m
    • 2019/20 income £0.0m
    • 2019/20 budget £4.6m
  • Total council budget
    • 2018/19 budget £137.7m
    • 2019/20 gross spending £276.4m
    • 2019/20 income £133.3m
    • 2019/20 budget £143.2m

Your Council Tax helps to fund our work in improving outcomes for the people of North Lincolnshire. Council Tax provides just under half of the total cost of providing services. Business Rates, Government grants and service charges are also used to fund the work of the council.

2018/19 funding

Use of reserves £5.5m

Settlement funding

Revenue Support Grant £0.0m
NNDR baseline funding £42.3m

Total settlement funding £42.3m

Other general funding

Council Tax: 2.9 per cent (2019/20), 2.99 per cent (from 2020/21) £64.4m
Social Care Precept £5.1m
Collection Fund surplus/deficit £0.4m
Collection Fund surplus/deficit -£9.7m
NNDR rate retention income £13.4m
NNDR: levy account surplus allocation £0.0m
New Homes Bonus £1.0m
Improved Better Care Fund £5.0m
Rural Service Delivery Grant £0.0m
DSG Central School Services £0.4m
Adult Social Care Support Grant £0.5m
Winter Pressures Grant £0.0m
Adult and Children Social Care Support Grant £0.0m
Public Health Grant £9.3m

Total base funding £89.8m

Total 2018/19 funding £137.7m

2019/20 funding

Use of reserves £1.3m

Settlement funding

Revenue Support Grant £6.1m
NNDR baseline funding £32.6m

Total settlement funding £38.7m

Other general funding

Council Tax: 2.9 per cent (2019/20), 2.99 per cent (from 2020/21) £67.5m
Social Care Precept £5.2m
Collection Fund surplus/deficit £0.7m
Collection Fund surplus/deficit £2.0m
NNDR rate retention income £8.4m
NNDR: levy account surplus allocation £0.5m
New Homes Bonus £0.7m
Improved Better Care Fund £6.3m
Rural Service Delivery Grant £0.2m
DSG Central School Services £0.4m
Adult Social Care Support Grant £0.0m
Winter Pressures Grant £0.8m
Adult and Children Social Care Support Grant £1.3m
Public Health Grant £9.1m

Total base funding £103.1m

Total 2019/20 funding £143.2m

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